January 02, 2022
hmm.. no comment, another litte fix. It came to my attention that some people changed their default preset folder to be the same as their addons folder. The backup process backups the preset folder (should be only a few tiny-K) but if you have set it to be the same as your addons folder it will backup all your addons .. this explained why very few people thought the application was hanging, it was probably copying lots of file.
If you have changed your preset folder and saw long loading time the first time you launched the version of december 31st, please check your C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker\Backup folder. It will maybe contain a backup folder that takes lots of space and that you can safely delete to preserve disk space.
[IMPROVED] Backup process now backups only the small files needed even if the folder contains tons of other files.
Sorry again for the multiple releases ! This backup option added on dec 31st was probably my worst idea of 2021 ahah :)
January 02, 2022
HOTFIX of the HOTFIX
BIG SORRY for the multiple versions in a few days span, sometimes it's just a bit more complicated than it seems :)
I have had a few reports of users that were stuck on the loading screen with the latest version because of the newly implemented automatic backup process. This probably occured to less than 1% of the users but still a fix was really needed.
For info, the backup process only backups some very small files just to make sure you don't loose your configured data (ini file, presets, custom data).
[CHANGE] The automatic backup process is not enabled by default anymore for EVERY users (even if you already used it), please enable it again in the options screen if you're interested in that feature (i think it's a good idea to have it enabled).
[IMPROVED] the backup folder is now configurable
Hopefully this version will be ok for everyone and 'hotfix of hotfix of hotfix' will not be needed for a while :)
Thank you for your support and special thanks also to the guys who helped me debug this issue.
December 31, 2021
Sorry, a little hotfix is needed for the version uploaded earlier today.
[HOTFIX] Backup settings were not saved
[HOTFIX] Filter editor screen was crashing in all version after 0.12 (some DLL were missing, so make sure you copy the full content of the ZIP file and not only the EXE when you update)
Happy new year (again) :)
December 31, 2021
Little maintenance release to improve/add a few things requested after the last week's version.
[NEW] Possiblity to increase the font size for the whole application (experimental). This is available in the options screen (last tab).
[NEW] Auto-backup function to save your settings every X days (configurable on the options screen, last tab). Can be useful to avoid loosing data for example if you move your custom addon directory. By default, the setting is ON.
[TEST] You can add new points manually on the map (right click 'add user point'). Not sure if this will be useful or not so, for now, the option to edit, delete or import user-points is not available (you will have to edit the C:\ProgramData\MSFS Addons Linker\Data\MapDataUser.bin file manually, edit only when the tool is closed). This could be useful for example if you want to add your encrypted bought addons on the map.
[IMPROVED] The DPI aware option for 4K monitors was introduced and ON by default in the previous 0.13.x version. It's now an option (last tab of the options screen) so you can enable or disable it as you wish (by default it's disabled). The options was refined since last version and it should increase text clarity on 4K monitors without generating small text on some labels but, due to the numerous possible configurations, for some users it will maybe be better to leave it disabled even if you are on a 4K monitor (big thanks to the guys who gave me feedback about this). If you don't use high-DPI monitors, leave this unchecked.
[IMPROVED] disabling addons from the community folder now supports multi-selection
[IMPROVED] The 'treeview' with your custom addons now supports 'incremental search'. Pressing a key on the keyboard will place the treeview to the addon that starts with those characters. To switch from one nested level to the other, you need to use CTRL+DOWN_ARROW (or CTRL+UP_ARROW to move backwards)
[IMPROVED] You can now disable the size of addons and free disk space shown on the main panel (options screen, 2nd tab at the bottom)
[MINI] Added 2 buttons in the toolbar at the top (options screen in first position, xml editor near the end)
[MINI] The map now also shows the location of the encrypted premium/deluxe Asobo airports if you have the premium or deluxe edition and have enabled the 'show official airports' option in the optiosn screen (3rd tab).
[MINI] If the option to show the 'official/onestore' airports on the map is checked in the options screen, it's now possible to temporarly hide them on the map with a little checkbox in the expandable panel located at the top-right of the screen.
Happy new year everyone ! Take care !
December 26, 2021
Hello guys, a somewhat smallish update with some little requests filled and little fixes.
[NEW] Content.xml editor (Tools menu), see pic here for more info -> https://imgur.com/Ta7CbVZ
[NEW] The map can now show addons stored in the official/OneStore folder (enable in options screen, 'map options' tab). Note : encrypted purchased addons can not be shown but if they are not encrypted they should show up.
[NEW] You can now increase the font size of the 2 main view (Addons and Community) on the main screen. This is done in the options screen 'Additional options' with the 'Scale' sliders
[NEW] 'Rating column' if you want to rate your addons visually
[NEW] Map dots colors are now customizable in the options screen 'colors' tab (lots of work for not much gain for most users, but well we always forget our colorblind friends so that's for them). For colorblind people, it's also possible to set the image showing disabled addons as a CROSS instead of the RED circle that is probably hard for them to differentiate from the GREEN circle (options screen 'additional options' tab)
[NEW] Option to disable a linked addon directly from the 'community' panel (right click)
[NEW] Size of addons managed by the tool displayed at the top of the 'addon' panel (computed in the background to not slow things down) + show available disk space on the disk(s) storing your addons
[NEW] new button in the toolbar to enable all persistent addons at once, new button in the toolbar to disable all addon except the persistent ones
[IMPROVED] Text clarity should be improved on high DPI (4K) monitors ... [HOTFIX 27.12.2021] some text looks better but it also seems that some other text is now rendered very small by this change if you have a 4K monitor, if you are suffering from this, you can restore the old screen appearance by replacing the official EXE with this one --> https://gofile.io/d/cOmYOb
[CHANGE] By default file stats (size / number of files / creation date / updated date) is now disabled for everyone in the main panel because it can increase the loading time a bit if you have tons of addons. If you still want that info to be shown in the main panel, you can simply re-enable the option in the options screen (check 'enable file stats'). Note : The size and dates are always available and displayed in the grid view if needed so, if you need that feature occasionaly, it's probably better to use the 'grid view' instead of having that data always displayed in the main view if it slows down things for you.
[CHANGE] The 'Exclude from preset' column has been renamed to 'Persistent'. As a reminder, by activating this option the addon will always remain selected even if you apply a preset that does not contain it, it will be disabled only if you disable it manually.
[WIN11] You should get the nice rounded windows 11 borders with this version :) .. yeah USELESS but hey :) (this works only on Win11, that change has no effect on Win10)
[FIX] Several little changes and fixes here and there
Unfortunately, this project being developped in a not very professional way, i erased (saved another file with the same name on top of it by mistake) my little notepad file with all the notes of the changes i made and requests i had, so i can't exactly remember all the little changes i did in the past months, i also lost some of the requests i had written in that file (so if i promised you something telling you it should be easy and you never see it appearing inside the tool, feel free to recontact me via PM).
Let me know if I broke something, always a possiblity. I'll try to fix quickly.
Thanks again for your support and enjoy your holidays !!
August 01, 2021
Hello, a very small little update to fix a few bugs and add a few small requests received in the past weeks.
[NEW] Possibility to remove items that appear in the map's addon list (all addons tagged as SCENERY in the manifest.json file will appear on the map's list but sometimes they are not real scenery addons that can be placed on a map, you can now remove them from the list)
[NEW] Possibility to show the 'active path' of the user aircraft on the map (can be enabled in the little right panel of the map screen if you want that)
[NEW] Possibility to customize the colors for the grid showing the community folders content (a new tab 'colors' has been created in the options screen).
[OPTION] By default the program you decided to launch automatically with the sim were always started minimized. There is now an option that will let you start them without being minimized (options screen, 'additional options' tab)
[OPTION] Possibility to remove some warning messages (options screen, first tab -> 'disable warning for file operations')
[IMPROVED] Added a new 'open folder' option in the 'community folder' panel right click menu
[IMPROVED] Some texts were hard to read when 'dark mode' was enabled
[IMPROVED] Showing size of the addons present in the community folder directly at the top of right panel (in earlier versions this information was only available in right click menu)
[FIX] Some flightplans (PLN files) could not be loaded on the map and were causing an error message
[FIX] The search box on the map was not showing even if checked when reopening the map screen (reminder : this option is only available if you set your own bing-map key in the options screen)
[DOC] Added a few new links in the help screen (Thanks BadGamr, LostPilot, AdamskiNZ, Pacha35, JayDee, Judenilson, GilbertP, TheMaddog)
[DOC] Added a PDF made by Pacha35 that can act as a little manual for starters. It' the first draft version that we will hopefully be able to complete with more info in the future. Many thanks for Pacha35, i know for sure that doing this kind of things takes a lot of time !
Thank you !